Bogena Gallery Saint Paul
The Bogena Gallery was established in June of 2000 in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, headed by Bogena Gidrol. Right away, it developed its own atmosphere. The gallery is a mental image and the works echo it. ‘A gallery owner’, explains Bogena Gidrol, ‘must feel and communicate’. Moving from picture to picture, it is a matter of shedding light on ideas, revelation and spiritual states. For visitors, whether knowledgeable collectors or simply art lovers, the dialogue with the works is immediate. The question is not only ‘What is the place of an artist in the History of art or in the market, but why do I find this artwork so moving’? Bogena, who sees the role of a mediator as one who clarifies latent ideas, helps visitors to understand themselves better through the artists’ works. Agnes De Maistres
Bogena Gidrol, an accredited architect and art enthusiast, presents artists whose constantly evolving work aims at a quest for the essential.
She began working actively in the art world in 1995 in the USA, organising events and curating exhibitions in conjunction with galleries. Her stay in Singapore with her family from 1992 to 1994, was her first enlightening encounter with Asia, revealing a common sensibility. From this experience, the desire to create a link between art in Europe and Asia was born. While developing her vision in France and Europe by organising many exhibitions and installations, not only in the gallery but also utilising private and public spaces, she also presented various events in Asia.
From 1996 to 2000, Bogena Gidrol coordinated over fifteen exhibitions in different Asian locations and was the driving force behind numerous partnerships with Japanese galleries and museums. In collaboration with the Hasegawa Gallery, she was at the initiative of the acquisition of ‘Temoin’, a monumental and major work by Franta for the Nagoya Museum as well as the organisation of two exhibitions of the artist with the Hasegawa Gallery in 1997. In 2000, she organised Monique Frydman’s exhibition called ‘L’empreinte et la couleur’ at the Tag Heuer Space in Tokyo. Following this event, the Yamanashi University ordered ten of Monique Frydman’s paintings and, subsequently, a monumental bronze sculpture by Carl Dahl. Keen to maintain links with Japan and Asia, she jointly organised with the curator Helene Kelmachter the exhibition ‘No Man’s Land’ by Monique Frydman at the French Embassy in 2009. In 2010 at Bogena’s suggestion, ‘L’Absinthe’, a major work by the same artist, was hung in the French Embassy for its inauguration in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Bernard Kouchner. From November 2011 to March 2012, Bogena Gidrol initiated and organised an outstanding monographic exhibition of Monique Frydman’s works at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan.
Bogena Gidrol with her new business partner Christopher Holder set out to expand the gallery in 2013, settling in a venerable old building at the foot of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, a village long renowned by art lovers. The new gallery premises, just a stones throw away from the Maeght Foundation, offers to visitors a brand new, radically contemporary naturally lit space, where each work is in silent dialogue with its surroundings. The larger outlay means the gallery is able to play host to other creative forms, such as music and literature, creating a shared space for experiencing the best that art has to offer.
Franta, Monique Frydman, Jeff Bertoncino and Carl Dahl were the first artists represented in the Bogéna Galerie. Then the family grew. New well known artists such as James Coignard, Jean-Claude Farhi, Christian Lapie, Sophie Rocco as well as promising talents like Nathalie Deshairs and Bernard Abril joined the gallery. Contemporary masters like Manolo Valdès, Antoni Tapiès, Zao Wou-Ki, Chu Teh-Chun as well as moderns such as Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro and Henri Matisse are also represented.
The works chosen conduct a dialogue among one another while taking us into their individual worlds. In this way, feeling becomes a journey of initiation, making us face up to our own destinies and bringing to the surface traces of the pain and joy that make up the story of our lives.
The gallery participates at the International Art Fair ‘Artstage Singapore’ in January 2013, 2014 and 2015. Bogena Gidrol opens simultaneously a space in Singapore city centre to present a group show.
The gallery also participates to ‘Art Paris Art Fair’ in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and highlighted the work of teamLab, an innovative collective of Japanese artists, revealing for the first time in France a video in the gallery’s booth and above all a mapping projection onto the monumental front of the Grand Palais.
In July 2014 the gallery presented four paintings of Monique Frydman from the series ‘Seasons with Bonnard’ in association with the Bonnard Museum of Le Cannet and its curator Veronique Serrano.